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People in the News: Sep 20, 2011


Martin Madaus has been named as Quanterix's permanent CEO. Madaus, who is chairman of the company, had been serving as interim CEO since May when David Okrongly left the Cambridge, Mass.-based array company.

Madaus has served as a director of Quanterix since 2010, and became chairman of the firm last December. Prior to joining Quanterix, he served as president, chairman, and CEO of Millipore before it was acquired by Merck last year. Before his tenure at Millipore, Madaus was president, CEO, and head of North American operations for Roche Diagnostics.

Former Solexa CEO John West has been named CEO of startup Personalis, a human genome analysis firm co-founded by West and Stanford University researchers Euan Ashley, Russ Altman, Atul Butte, and Mike Snyder.

Following Illumina's 2006 acquisition of Solexa, West served as senior vice president and general manager for Illumina's DNA sequencing business. Before joining Solexa as CEO in 2004, West was vice president of DNA platforms at Applied Biosystems.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.